Which personality type are you?
American author Isabel Briggs Myers co-created the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator with the help of her mother Katharine Cook Briggs. Once you know your personality type, it will be helpful for you to understand relationships. Carl Gustav Jung originally proposed the typological theories which fell under Extraversion and Introversion, Sensing and Intuition, and Thinking and Feeling. Isabel added a fourth pair called Judging and Perceiving. Let’s dissect these 16 personality types one by one:
What kind of a person are you
1) INFP (Introverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving) – INFPs are most likely to be amazing humans, whose life is guided by compassion, love, caring and helping. Their guiding principle of life is to succeed and help others do the same. They are also essentially excited about the search for meaning of their life. This was the personality type of John Lennon, Kurt Cobain and William Shakespeare. INFPs are flexible and laid back people.
2) INFJ (Introverted Intuitive Feeling Judging) – INFJs are the masters of intuitions because they will judge if a person is in trouble or a bad mood even before that person realizes it himself. They love deep emotional connections with people, but only a handful of chosen ones and are known to be attentive listeners. Mahatma Gandhi, Florence Nightingale, Edward Snowden happen to be typical members of INFJ personality type. INFJs are devoted and protective people.
3) INTJ (Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging) – The personality types of geniuses like Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Stephen Hawking, John Nash etc., INTJs love to solve problems with logical reasoning. For them life is like a chess board, as their every step is backed by an in-depth analysis and a proper research. They are knowledge hungry and always looking to better their competence. INTJs are ambitious, self confident and natural leaders.
4) INTP (Introverted Intuitive Thinking Perceiving) – Just like INTJs, INTPs is a proud class full of excellent brains, the best of the lot being the epitome of genius, Albert Einstein. The personality type, which also includes people like Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins, Abraham Lincoln, is full of non-conformists. They are people who carve their own roads based on reason, instead of going with the flock. INTPs are usually busy in their own thoughts and the normal hustle-bustle of life least interests them. INTPs are independent and unconventional people.
5) ISFJ (Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging) – Everybody loves a bit of attention; therefore most of us ask for it, IFSJs don’t. They will be a part of every social group but will rarely be, or want to be the spotlight. When it comes to helping others, they take it up as a duty, which they serve with full attention. This is, by far, best explained by a famous ISFJ, Mother Teresa who dedicated her entire life in social service. ISFJs are warm and generous people.
6) ISFP (Introverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving) – The proverb ‘action speaks louder than words’ doesn’t hold more true for anyone more than ISFPs. They are the ones who, rather than making big life decisions, tend to go with the flow and take life one step at a time. Having an excellent sensory perception, IFSPs also have immense artistic talents. Music legends such as Mozart, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson fall under this personality type. ISFPs are action oriented people.
7) ISTJ (Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging) – One look at them and you will think it is some kind of OCD, but that’s how ISTJs are. You will see them adjusting the bed sheet while talking, neatly arranging coats in a hanger, folding clothes etc. They love to pay attention to every little detail and keep that detail for further use. Past experiences to them are the perfect guides to move into the future. They love solving problems step-by-step. Elizabeth II, Queen of England, Evander Holyfield, boxer, Warren Buffett, businessman and Calvin Coolidge, U.S. President fall under this category. ISTJs are loyal and faithful people.
8) ISTP (Introverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving) – ISTPs are amazing with tools as they can learn about the working of every machine by carefully looking at it once, and master it at the second careful look. Probably exaggerating, but yes ISTPs are so attached to machines they consider them superior to humans and the working of machines interests them more than human emotions. That being said ISTPs are very tolerant and non-judgmental. Some famous personalities who fall under this category are Tom Cruise- actor, Clint Eastwood – actor and Tiger Woods – golfer. ISTPs are uncomplicated and optimistic people.
9) ENFJ (Extroverted Intuitive Feeling Judging) – ENFJs are generally humanitarians and the betterment of humanity is their biggest motivation to perform in life. A type which includes Martin Luther King Jr., ENFJs are driven by empathy towards others and are generally philanthropists, Oprah Winfrey being another example of ENFJ. They are energetic and brilliant organizers. ENFJs are loved by all. They are fun to be with.
10) ENFP (Extroverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving) – ENFPs are typically people’s persons. They love to talk about others, love to hang out, love exploring realities of those around them. ENFPs are generally quite witty, humorous and quick to respond. Bill Clinton and Robin Williams are perfect examples of ENFP. ENFPs are alert and sensitive people.
11) ENTJ (Extroverted Intuitive Thinking Judging) – Ambition is one thing that drives ENTJs the most. They are very serious about their careers and won’t shy off of doing hard work to achieve the pinnacle. Natural leaders, they won’t leave any opportunity to lead a team, whether it is in their work place or even when planning a picnic. They are known to be blunt and decisive. Few famous personalities who fall under this category are Margaret Thatcher – former British Prime Minister and Patrick Stewart – actor. ENTJs are career focused people.
12) ENTP (Extroverted Intuitive Thinking Perceiving) – If a problem’s difficulty level is impossible, an ENTP will be the first to act on it. Challenges inspire them, and they would never want to do the same task the same way twice. They are friendly and charming, but believe in the saying, ‘rules are meant to be broken.’ Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison all fall under this personality type. ENTPs are mentally quick people.
13) ESFJ (Extroverted Sensing Feeling Judging) – For ESFJs there are only two sides to a coin, it’s either right, or wrong. They follow a strict code of conduct and are repulsive to those who don’t. Loyalty and tradition moves them and friends are family are their top priority in life. If something is bothering you, they would love to share your burden as if it’s their own. Famous personalities who fall under this category are Terry Bradshaw -football player, William McKinley – U.S. President and Leonard McCoy- Star Trek. ESFJs are helpful and corporative people.
14) ESFP (Extroverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving) – Marilyn Monroe, Paul McCartney and Elvis Presley should give you an idea of what ESFPs are. They are the life of every party, they are people whom everyone loves, they are someone who would cheer you no matter how bad your mood is. ESFPs lead a busy life by involving themselves in sports and other indulging activities. ESFPs are a team player.
15) ESTJ (Extroverted Sensing Thinking Judging) – ESTJs are always looking to bring order to the world. They love to do things in a systematic manner. Always looking to be leaders, they usually succeed because they know things around them and act accordingly. George Washington is a good example of ESTJ. ESTJs are Take Charge people.
16) ESTP (Extraverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving) – Adventure lovers, thrill seekers, energetic individuals, adrenaline to ESTPs are what blood is to vampires. They hate to be emotional and would often cheer up serious situations with a joke. ESTPs don’t like setting long-term goals, but instead live in the moment, both literally and metaphorically. James Buchanan – U.S. President and James Bond are popular examples. ESTPs are practical and observant people.
Feeling refers to an emotional state.
Judging refers to forming an opinion or conclusion.
Perceiving refers to becoming aware or conscious.
Extroverted refers to an outgoing, socially confident person.
Thinking refers to the process of considering or reasoning about something.
Introverted refers to describes a person who tends to turn inward mentally.
Sensing refers to the ability of the nerves and the brain to receive and react to stimuli.
Intuitive refers to having the ability to understand or know something without any direct evidence or reasoning process.